Today in History: Carmen McRae was Born

carmen2On this day in 1920, Carmen McRae was born April 8, 1920.

After winning an amateur contest at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre in her hometown New York City, McRae went on to become a noted jazz singer with Earl Hines, Mercer “Duke” Ellington and Benny Carter bands among others and recording more than 20 albums.

She Died Nov. 10, 1994 in Beverly Hills, Ca.

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